Legal Research Network Summer School 2015

Economy and law exist in a distraught symbiosis. Law keeps the economy going, economy conditions law, law contradicts economy. The interrelationship has, of course, been discussed for ages. However, in recent years new developments have emerged. New constitutionalists have e.g. argued that law codifies and entrenches a particular understanding of the economy and form of economic power. Other critics argue that the economy illicitly trumps legal rights, while some argue the exact opposite: that law as a normative project should be subjected to economic efficiency.

The summer school aims at providing a comprehensive overview as well as in depth discussions on the relationship between law and the economy. The summer school has two aims. One, it aims to offer an opportunity for PhD students to receive feedback on their work and research projects. Second, the summer school offers lectures that deepen the students’ understanding of the interrelation between economy and law.

We would like to invite up to four graduate students and one lecturer from each of the participating universities. The Summer School will begin on Sunday 6th of September 2015 with a welcome event in the evening, and will conclude on Wednesday 9th of September 2015.

According to the usual practice in the cooperation of our Faculties, each institution will arrange for covering the cost for travel and accommodation of their participants, while the Faculty of Law of the University of Turku will cover all remaining costs.


Student sessions

All PhD students are expected to present a paper on a topic relating to the theme of the conference. The papers may e.g. discuss how the economy constitutes the law's basic structures and normative agenda or vice versa, engage in criticism of the economic constitution, or seek to advance the theoretical understanding of the interrelationship of the two. In particular, the organisers encourage papers that seek to disrupt and question the intellectual foundations upon which the call is based.

The student sessions are writing workshops. The purpose of the writing workshops is to improve the papers. To reach that goal each paper is discussed for 45 minutes in a session where a peer discussant provides an overview of the paper (12 minutes) followed by discussion (20-25 minutes) and a faculty commentator intervention (5-10 minutes). Please note that all participants are expected to have read each of the papers in advance. More detailed instructions will be sent to the participants later.

We kindly ask each participating university to send an e-mail to indicated the names of the lecturers and PhD students to participate in the summer school by 11th of May 2015 to allow the organisers plan the summer school program and writing workshop sessions.  We kindly ask participating students to send abstracts of their papers by the same deadline. The abstract, no longer than one page, should give a short description of the presentation and information about the author, including name, general field of studies and email address.

The final paper has to be submitted no later than 17th of August to accommodate distribution to participants. The final paper should be max. 10 000 words.



The lectures should have a direct link to the topic of the summer school.  The lectures are scheduled for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers and general discussion. The organisers encourage the lectures to assign readings for the lectures. An abstract of the lecture (200 to 300 words) should be provided by 11th of May to